Classic Halloween films, thrillers will be shown on the big screen

“Dead Again” stars Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson as Roman and Margaret Strauss. Branagh also directed the romantic thriller.
“Dead Again” stars Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson as Roman and Margaret Strauss. Branagh also directed the romantic thriller.

Despite critical acclaim and success at the box office, Kenneth Branagh’s “Dead Again” has been largely forgotten these days. On Oct. 20, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Fall Film Series aims to rectify that with a screening of the 1991 thriller as part of its Fall Film Series.

Branagh’s follow-up to his 1989 directorial debut “Henry V” is a somewhat surreal murder mystery involving reincarnation. It features the actor/filmmaker playing two parts: the modern-day detective Mike Church and composer Roman Strauss, who appears in black and white flashbacks taking place in the late ’40s. Emma Thompson also performs dual roles: an amnesiac named Grace and as Roman’s wife, Margaret, in the period piece scenes. The supporting cast includes Andy Garcia, Derek Jacobi and Robin Williams in a small but crucial cameo.

The event begins with an introduction by curator Laura Boyes at 8 p.m. at the SECU auditorium in the museum’s East Building. $7 ($5 for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.

Other Highlights

▪ On Oct. 20, The Cary theater is showing Tim Burton’s 1988 cult classic “Beetlejuice” at 7, followed by Dominik Hartl’s 2016 horror comedy “Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies” at 9. (There will be encores of “Lederhosen Zombies” at 2 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Thursday at 9.) On Oct. 26, Charles Barton’s 1948 comedy classic “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” screens at 2 p.m., followed by Mario Bava’s 1966 thriller “Kill, Baby…Kill!” at 7. Admission is $3 to $5 for each film. Details: 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.

▪ Also Oct. 20 in Durham, the Carolina Theatre’s RetroClassic series is presenting a double feature of two acclaimed films by the legendary Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky: “The Holy Mountain” (1973), followed by “El Topo” (1970). The double bill begins at 7 p.m., and admission is $9. Details: 919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org.

▪ On Oct. 21 at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, there will be a Halloween double feature of Kenny Ortega’s “Hocus Pocus” (1993) at 7 p.m. and Edgar Wright’s “Shawn of the Dead” (2004) at 9 p.m., presented by the City of Raleigh and Alamo Drafthouse. Free (reserve at eventbrite.com). Details: 919-996-3285 or raleighnc.gov.

▪ On Oct. 23 in Durham, Duke’s Screen/Society is showing Miao Wang’s 2017 documentary “Maineland” at 7 p.m. at Richard White Auditorium as part of the Cine-East (China/USA) series. On Oct. 26, the Screen/Society is hosting a screening of Fabrizio Terranova’s 2016 documentary “Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival” at 3 p.m. in the Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Smith Warehouse (Bay 4). A Q&A with Haraway will be held at 6 p.m. in the Jameson Gallery, Friedl Building. Both events are free. Details: 919-660-3030 or ami.trinity.duke.edu/screensociety.

▪ On Oct. 24 at King’s in downtown Raleigh, A/V Geeks Presents Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.’s 1977 animated TV movie “The Hobbit,” featuring the voices of Orson Bean, John Huston and Brother Theodore. 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $5. Details: 919-833-1091 or kingsraleigh.com.